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Oral health the focus at UN event

January 27, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: At the 2019 United Nations General Assembly, a side event, hosted by New York University (NYU) and The Lancet, called for oral health to be integrated into universal health coverage (UHC). Among the main issues raised were the influence of the sugar industry worldwide and the importance of public–private partnership. The event was co-sponsored by the governments of Egypt, Japan and Thailand as well as the World Economic Forum and supported by the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.

Text messaging program improves oral health awareness

January 27, 2020 | News

BOSTON, U.S.: Effective preventive treatments for dental caries exist; yet caries experience among preschoolers has not changed significantly. Children from socially disadvantaged families are particularly affected by it. For young children, the role of the primary caregiver is especially important in reducing caries risk. Now, researchers at Boston University have taken advantage of a tool that is already part of everyday life: the cellphone. In a recent study, they used text messaging to improve the oral health of children—with promising results.

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Study proves effectiveness of stainless-steel crowns in restoring permanent teeth

January 24, 2020 | News

MILTON, Ontario, Canada: Dental crowns are available in a variety of materials, making it difficult for dentists to decide which material will best restore a tooth that has been broken or worn down. While it has been proved that stainless-steel crowns (SSCs) are highly effective in restoring posterior primary teeth, their efficacy in restoring posterior permanent teeth has not yet been scientifically proved. Now, a recent study has examined the long-term clinical outcomes of using SSCs in a special needs population and confirmed that SSCs are a viable and durable option for the treatment of both types of dentition.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention release statement on spread of Candida auris

January 23, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement declaring that Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. One of the main reasons that CDC released the statement was because C. auris outbreaks had occurred in health care settings.

Expert to share what’s new in implantology

January 23, 2020 | News

In a free Ivoclar Vivadent webinar on Sunday, Feb. 9, Dr. Edward Tam will be speaking about advanced implant prosthetics. Well established and respected in the dental world in both Hong Kong and the U.K., Tam will be bringing a range of new ideas and insights to share with participants.

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Survey reveals stress, anxiety and burn-out among UK dentists

January 22, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK/WASHINGTON, US: Dental Protection, the world’s leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals, has recently surveyed the well-being of dentists in the UK and reported increased levels of burn-out in the profession. Since burn-out may affect the dentist’s behaviour, diminish the quality of work and affect those around him or her, Dental Protection called for dental organisations to establish a corresponding role in which a trained professional would recognise burn-out and offer the necessary support and to include well-being as one of the key performance indicators for dental practices.

Dental industry ranks highly on American list of best jobs

January 21, 2020 | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: Though it can be stressful at times, a career in the dental industry is often highly sought after owing to the relatively high wages and attractive working hours. It comes as little surprise therefore that an American media company’s recent ranking of professions placed dentist at No. 2 and orthodontist close behind in fourth place.

Scientists find adverse pulmonary health effects associated with vaping

January 21, 2020 | News

BALTIMORE, U.S: Scientists investigating the potential health effects of vaping on the human pulmonary system have reported that inhaling vapor from electronic cigarettes was linked to increased odds of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), conditions known to be caused by smoking traditional cigarettes. Additionally, both smoking and vaping were found to increase the odds of developing COPD sixfold compared with people who refrained from using any tobacco products.

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Researchers call for thoughtful waste management in dentistry

January 17, 2020 | News

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., U.S.: During Harvard University’s recent Worldwide Week, researchers at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) drew the participants’ attention to the correlation between environmental health and oral health through the lens of health equity. The team believes that dentistry has a profound impact on our planet’s environmental health, which, in turn, affects oral health. Therefore, it is crucial to correctly manage dental waste.

NYU Dentistry’s Prof. Nicola Partridge receives recognition for craniofacial biology research

January 16, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: For her clinical work in the area of biology and the formation of bone, Prof. Nicola Partridge has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Partridge is professor of basic science and craniofacial biology at the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry).

Expert discusses modern ceramic restorations in free webinar

January 15, 2020 | News

Achieving success with modern dental ceramics depends on a number of factors, among them the physical properties of the materials and the fabrication and clinical procedures that damage them and the oral environment. In a free Ivoclar Vivadent webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 29, Dr. Miona Jovanovic will be speaking about modern ceramic restorations and the most efficient bonding protocols for them.

Experimental vaccine may help combat Staphylococcus aureus infection

January 15, 2020 | News

BALTIMORE, U.S.: Researchers have recently developed an experimental vaccine that protects up to 80% of mice against Staphylococcus aureus, a Gram-positive bacterium often found in the upper respiratory tract and on the skin. S. aureus has been proved to account for a third of the deadly hospital-acquired infections in patients who have just undergone a surgical procedure, including dental surgery.

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Lawsuit alleges American dentist sparked fire in patient’s mouth during procedure

January 14, 2020 | News

LAS VEGAS, U.S.: According to a recently filed lawsuit, a 5-year-old girl has had her mouth set on fire while receiving routine dental treatment. As a result, her parents are now seeking more than $15,000 in damages, since some of her injuries may be “permanent and disabling” in their nature.

SmileDirectClub launches oral care products for Walmart shoppers

January 14, 2020 | News

NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: SmileDirectClub has expanded into the dental retail market with a line of oral care products that are available from Walmart stores and the retailer’s website. In a statement, SmileDirectClub said that it is the first provider of clear aligner therapy to make oral care products available through mass retail channels and that it has extended its mission to providing affordable and safe oral care solutions.

ADA adopts tough stance on vaping

January 14, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: The American Dental Association (ADA) in December adopted an interim policy that calls for a total ban on all vaping products that are not approved for tobacco cessation purposes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Following the lead of the American Medical Association (AMA), the ADA has thrown its weight behind a de facto banning of the controversial product category because the FDA has not approved any vaping devices as prescription tobacco cessation medicines and is unlikely to do so in the near future.

Envista announces 2020 Nobel Biocare Global Symposium

January 8, 2020 | Events

BREA, Calif., U.S.: Envista is proud to announce the 2020 Nobel Biocare Global Symposium, to be held in Las Vegas from April 16 to 18. Empowered by a combination of expert knowledge and innovative solutions that are elevating patient care, the event will be a unique opportunity for dental professionals to explore the future of dental implantology and digital dentistry.

Miniature dental device mimics dentin–pulp interface

January 8, 2020 | News

PORTLAND, Ore., U.S.: For the first time, researchers have developed an organ-on-a-chip system for dental research. The system is designed to help scientists better understand the functioning of live dental pulp cells in the oral cavity and could be used to further knowledge of tooth formation and pulpal response to various injuries and treatments. Additionally, the novel device could help dentists identify dental filling materials that are more efficient and durable based on the specific patient’s teeth and oral microbiome.

Survey reveals impact of healthy teeth on well-being

January 7, 2020 | News

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., U.S: Cigna, a worldwide health services organization, has recently released a study that helps confirm the connection between oral health and confidence. Not surprisingly, it showed that people who reported having “excellent” oral health had higher self-confidence than those who reported “fair to poor oral health.” Researchers also noted that the insecurities about smiles and oral health have had a direct impact on employment opportunities for many of the people included in the study.

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